Happy Traum Workshop: Arranging the Songs of Bob Dylan

Happy Traum's long association with Bob Dylan makes him the perfect instructor to teach arrangements of Dylan favorites. His perspective on Bob's music dates back to their first meeting in Greenwich Village in 1962. Happy's group, the New World Singers, was the first to perform and record some of Dylan's earliest songs, including the first recorded versions of “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.” His duet with Bob on “Let Me Die in My Footsteps" appeared on "Broadsides" (Folkways) in 1963. Later, Bob invited Happy to join him in the studio to play on three songs for his "Greatest Hits, Vol.2" release: "Down in the Flood," "You Ain't Goin’ Nowhere" and "I Shall Be Released."

In this workshop, Happy teaches intermediate-level guitarists how to make their own fingerstyle arrangements and create interesting accompaniments for a number of Dylan classics. He brings his arrangements to life with movable chord shapes, bass runs, harmony lines and other nuances that will add distinction to every song you play. Each song features a different fingerpicking approach: Traditional three-finger patterns, Travis-style swing, steady-bass blues, Carter Family strumming, and more. The idea is to use these songs to help make you a better all-around fingerstyle player.

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